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Through to the End of August

Kenora, Thunder Bay, Rain

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The Hodge Podge Edition:

The reality of long-trip travel is that not all days are stellar experiences. We’ve had lots of great experiences on our journey so far and the expectation is that these kinds of experiences will happen every day. Well NOT!

The last week or so has been windy, rainy and cold. This stretch of crappy weather has stymied, but not denied our access to the outdoors. We had thunderstorms in Winnipeg, followed by a 20+ hour steady rainfall, but in the 4 hours it did not rain, we managed a full hour walk along the flood diversion channel near our campground.

As we departed Arrowhead RV Park, at Ile des Chenes, south of Winnipeg, we met up with our travel buddies, George and Karmen Reid, who were just returning from a flight to Grande Prairie, Alberta. They had been traveling with their Airstream in the Dakotas and had come up to Winnipeg to catch a flight to attend family wedding anniversary. We had a great half hour chat alongside the road before heading off…them to the Dakotas, and us onward into Ontario.

Did we mention that Arrowhead is our favourite RV park on this trip? Really nice owners and the bathrooms are amazing…heated, bath mats and facecloths provided. Wi-fi is good as well and it was nice to be able to cozy up in TaJ and check out the next section of our travels.
We won’t have decent wi-fi again until after September 11, so blog updates will likely be spotty until we get to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula in Southern Ontario.

August 26

We arrived at Anicinabe RV Park, in Kenora Ontario mid-afternoon. The drive had just been a few hours and it was the only dry period we had this day. As we set up camp on the hillside overlooking Lake-of-the-Woods, the wind began to pick up and the rains started. We barely got done and it was a deluge that lasted until close to midnight. 50+ mm of rain fell in that short time, leaving us tucked inside TaJ.

Side Note on Cooking:

Normally all meals are cooked outside, on a camp stove on the picnic table. For this 6 day stretch of our journey it was too cold, wet and windy to cook outside. Normally our camp meals are semi-complicated affairs with at least two, sometimes three pots and pans being used.

We like to eat, but cooking inside a 125 square foot trailer leaves a lot to be desired. When the weather closes in like this we simplify; soups, sandwiches, salads are meals that are easy to prepare. So, Winnipeg was wet and windy, so no outdoor meals for 3 days and Kenora was the same.
It was nice to get our stove out and cooking again. Last night, pork chops, mashed potatoes and green beans!
Here is a shot of this morning’s breakfast, French Toast and bacon. Yummy

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August 27

We woke to a break in the weather, no rain, but still windy and cold. Our plan was to take the MS Kenora day cruise through the Lake-of-the-Woods. We walked from the campground into town, about 35 minutes of good solid walking to keep us fit. We wandered the very cute downtown area and discovered that the MS Kenora was not sailing today due to the ongoing crappy weather.

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Anicinabe RV Park is a community run park and the facilities are pretty decent. We have wi-fi, at least when the wind is not blowing, so let’s say we had about 30% coverage during our stay. Our site was excellent, on the edge of hill with Canada Geese, and deer abounding.

The weather turned again, as soon as we got back from our town walk and it rained continuously until the next morning. We contented ourselves with reading watching videos in TaJ. We don’t mind being pinned into our trailer by the weather. The heater keeps us warm and the fiberglass body of TaJ keeps us dry.

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August 28

We woke to almost blue skies on this our last day and our last opportunity to take the boat ride on the MS Kenora…alas, it was not to be. High winds were keeping the boat off the water this day. The sun came out for 5 hours in the afternoon and we wandered the campground, talking to the neighbours who had been just shadows in the mist and rain of the previous days.

During our walk, we got some photos of Husky the Muskie, a 30-foot tall replica of the fish that inhabits the Lake-of-the-Woods
Our interlude of nice weather was short and it was raining once again by dinner time. We bought a cooked chicken at Safeway and made a Caesar Salad to go with.

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August 29

Our drive today is almost 500 kilometers, to Thunder Bay. As this is the Labour Day weekend, we booked a site at Trowbridge Falls RV Park, a community run park. The drive across the Canadian Shield does not provide the most exciting scenery: rock, trees, rivers, repeat until you get to your destination. We share the driving, Jenny doing the middle two hours. Gas prices are shooting back up. $1.33.9 per litre in this part of Ontario. We paid just $0.98.9 last week in Saskatchewan.

The campground in Thunder Bay looks really nice, but it is only the surface. This place is in poor condition. The washrooms do not inspire anyone to have a shower. We rarely comment negatively on where we stay as most places put in the effort and can be overwhelmed by circumstances. But the lack of care here is way beyond most campgrounds. Here is the bag of garbage we picked up off our site on arrival. We will leave a note with management on our way out of here.

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Normally campgrounds have ravens, crows, or jays to police the campsite and beg for food. Here, we have woodpeckers. Really cute fellows and quite industrious.

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It was very quiet overnight and we fell asleep listening to the sounds of the falls on Current River.

August 30

We wake to 4-degree Celsius temperatures and the propane heater in TaJ warms us up. The cold morning also reminds us we need to top off our propane tank before heading off on the next leg along the shores of Lake Superior. We carry just one 20-pound (5 gallon) propane tank so we tend to keep track of our usage.

The long-range forecast for the first 10 days of September shows it will be cold enough that we will be running the heater.
We spend the morning shopping and looking around the city. We stopped for a sampler at the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company. We collect coasters from the breweries we stop at along the way as a reminder of places we liked on our travels. Here is a shot of some of our collection from this trip.

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In the afternoon we took a walk along the shores of the river that runs through the campground. We will do a hike tomorrow to finish our stay here.
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The next blog will likely be in 10 days time, once we have finished the 3 stops that will comprise our trip over the north shore of Lake Superior. After Labour Day weekend, the tourist season starts to wind down here in Northern Ontario. The weather can turn very cold and the first frost of the fall could happen at any time.

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 08:02 Archived in Canada Tagged thunder_bay kenora

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